There is a growing body of research around the impact of staffing on patient outcomes. From mortality, to length of stay, to hospital-acquired infections, the decisions made about how to staff and who to staff impacts the patient experience.
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At no time in history has healthcare faced so many critical challenges at once. High retirement rates, competition, budget stretching wages, and burnout make it appear almost as if every area of healthcare workforce management is being disrupted and turned upside down.
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Because the workforce is typically the health system’s biggest operating expense, it is important that healthcare leaders understand how satisfied, engaged nurses can ultimately deliver better patient care and a healthier bottom line. And, they need a collaborative approach to achieve the best outcomes.
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A standard reaction when there’s a need for staff to float to another unit is, “NOT ME!” However, there’s a shift happening in thinking. Some hospitals are seeing nearly ¼ of their open shifts voluntarily filled by staff from other units. What’s behind the attitude change?
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The innovative Collaborative Staffing approach is changing the way health systems think about scheduling and staffing. This new way of thinking is delivering solid business results, including tangible cost savings.
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